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The Pure Kitchen: a book review

9 Comments 10 January 2012

The Pure Kitchen: a book review

I’d like to share a wonderful new gluten-free, dairy-free cookbook with you, written by fellow blogger, Hallie Klecker.  I’ve been a fan of Hallie’s recipes for a while now, because her focus is on whole, natural, pure foods.  And she brilliantly combines these healthy foods into mouthwatering recipes.  You can get started by visiting Hallie’s blog, Daily Bites, but that’s just going to whet your appetite.  Very soon, you’re going to want to order this book.

For most of you, Hallie Klecker is not a name that’s new.  If it is, I’m so glad that you chose to come to GFC today.  If you’ve been here before you may have heard me gush about Hallie’s wonderfully healthy recipes that can be found on her blog Daily Bites. When I adopted her for Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger, I made her amazing Roasted Squash and White Bean Skillet.  This dish is constantly requested by the Husband, and I’m always happy to oblige!

Her skillet recipe even inspired me to create my own called Moroccan Yukina Savoy and Red Quinoa Skillet.

I also highlighted Hallie’s Green “Creamsicle” Smoothie in my “How To” smoothie post. I never would have thought of adding avocado a green smoothie without Hallie’s inspiration! Delicious!

I had the privilege of meeting Hallie at the Gluten and Allergen-Free Expo last Spring, and I was thrilled when Hallie asked me to test a few of her recipes for her new cookbook.

The Pure Kitchen isn’t just a cookbook containing 100 gluten-free, dairy-free recipes.  It’s an incredible resource for healthy eating whether you are just starting off on your journey to wellness or you need some reminders and fine tuning.  Hallie starts by answering the question “Why eat pure?”, and if her answer doesn’t convince you to clean up your eating, her lists of foods to avoid and foods to include will inspire you to make changes.

Hallie is very clear that healthy eating isn’t about restricting, calorie counting, or dieting. Healthy eating is a way of properly nourishing our bodies, embracing the wide range of nutrient-dense fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based foods, and feeling fantastic in the process.  It’s about having a healthy relationship with food, making well-balanced choices, and living purely.  Just reading Hallie’s book makes you feel good!

There’s an entire section on tips for stocking your pure kitchen, a tutorial on gluten-free flours, and all throughout the book she gives technique tips, ingredient tips, shopping tips, and health benefits of featured ingredients.  Again, The Pure Kitchen isn’t just another cookbook. It’s a resource book for healthy living.  With healthy intentions and New Year’s Resolutions fresh on our minds, consider adding The Pure Kitchen to your resources for improving yourself from the inside out.

This week I made Hallie’s nutrient-rich Shredded Balsamic Beet & Kale Salad, and she gave me permission to share the recipe with you.

Shredded Balsamic Beet & Kale Salad

Vegan, nut-free

by Hallie Klekcer (printed with permission from The Pure Kitchen: Clear the Clutter from Your Cooking with 100 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes)


  • 4 medium red beets (about 1 pound), peeled and shredded
  • 3 cups (packed) thinly sliced kale leaves (stems removed and discarded)
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

In a large mixing bowl, toss together beets, kale, and shallot.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, and granulated garlic powder.  Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Allow the salad to stand at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before serving.

Serves 4


Reader questions:

  • Have you read The Pure Kitchen?  What are your thoughts?
  • What are your favorite gluten-free resources?
  • What inspires you to be healthy?

Your Comments

9 Comments so far

  1. Heather – I am so grateful for your kind words!! Thank you so much for your review and great photos. :)

  2. Ricki says:

    My kind of salad–and my kind of cookbook! Great review, Heather (even though I already knew I loved Hallie’s book!). :)

  3. Carol says:

    Great review – it is a wonderful book! Love this salad.

  4. Barb says:

    I received this book for Christmas, and have enjoyed the few things that I have made from it already. The Chard, Chickpea and Vegetable soup was so good that I made a second batch to take to school for lunches.

  5. That is an awesome salad! I have already made it a couple of times now. Great review, Heather!! 😀

  6. This is a very appealing looking book! I’m happy to see more people opting for healthy NEW food ideas rather than spending so much time substituting old gluten-laden favourites. The ideal place to start in January!

  7. Love Hallie, her cookbook, and all her recipes! Boy, if those gorgeous photos don’t convince folks how good her recipes are, nothing will! Great job, Heather. :-)


  8. Alisa says:

    I love Hallie’s new book! I haven’t tried the quinoa skillet yet, but wow, it looks amazing!!


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